'Cos they love each other so much!
Kids camps to the rescue!
My girls are booked into a few camps each this year - the variety can be overwhelming and costs can be eye-watering - but as working parents, we reach the usual compromise of camps, playdates, mum and dad booking alternate dates off from work, and then a few days of making it up as you go along. A good fall-back is to have plenty of flour, sugar and chocolate chips in the kitchen cupboards!
So far, Daughter Number Two has spent a week learning how to make soap, lip gloss, and some disgusting smelly gloop that is supposed to revitalise your hair - one whiff of that, and I'm not convinced. Key ingredients were vinegar and kelp - just let your imagination loose with that one. Poo-ey!
Next week, both girls go to the "best idea ever mum" and attend a Shakespeare vs Glee camp at Calgary Young People's Theatre. Who knew Juliet could sing Bohemiam Rhapsody with such verve? Thou art more lovely than a Scaramouche, Scaramouche, can thou do the Fandango.
Later in July comes a one-week camp away from home with a friend (think mum's gonna like that week the best) and then in August, there will be a dance camp to shock their lazy limbs and muscles back into fitness mode.
Speaking of dance, one of this house's tv favourites - So You Think You Can Dance - has returned to our screen - but some wise production companies have decided to run the American series and the Canadian series at the same time. When, pray tell, am I supposed to get a look in, on my own television?! With the two dance shows, then the results shows - that's four evenings taken care of. Hummmph!
(Pssstt, if you have the vaguest clue or interest in what I'm talking about,
I'm rooting for Melanie Moore - simply stunning on the stage)
The latest home renos include new carpet (finally) on the stairs and the three bedrooms, and I think I've reverted to the 1970's because shag is back in. Well, just a short shag (Brit readers, stop sniggering). And here's one tip for you. When the carpet fitting company offer to pull up your old carpet for a few extra dollars, take them up on it!
OMG - what a hard, dusty and disgusting job that was - especially the stairs - and then you spend hours pulling out hundreds of bloody staples. Then you have to load up your own vehicle - twice, just to take it all to the tip. So just pay the man, OK? Anyway, it all looks and feels fab underfoot - and not a tea-stain, paint stain or puppy-pee stain in sight!
And last but not least on this mini-update, two quick bathroom renos have now been completed too,
and I need to collapse with a very large glass of the chilled stuff. I mean - there are still nine weeks of school break to contemplate here!